So we got ourselves a (possible) 2nd line center.
-He’s 33 years old, and he played on a line with Mike Knuble at the University of Michigan. While there, he won the Hobey Baker Award.
-Played majority of his career with the Vancouver Canucks. Also had stints with New Jersey, Anaheim, and Dallas.6
-Had a dip in his offensive production the last couple years but had six straight NHL season with 50+ points. (’04-’05 during the lockout, he had 44 points with a SEL team.)
If this guy’s healthy and totally recovered from the four surgeries in three years, than I think he could be a good fit centering Alexander Semin and whoever else (probably Fleischmann). I’ve never seen him play, but apparently, he was pretty good before he had all the injuries. And if he does win the job for 2LC, what’s happening with Nylander? I think he’s got something like the second biggest cap hit, and he wouldn’t be doing too much if Morrison was to take that spot. Backstrom’s a given, pretty sure Steckel’s still got his job after he was 5th in the league with FO% (57.9%), and Gordon seems to have the 4th line under control. Nylander’s the odd man out. I guess well have to wait and see how this fun stuff plays out.
If he doesn’t get the job for 2LC, than I don’t really know what will happen with him because of the reasons above. I guess he could center the 3rd or 4th line and Stecks or Gordo moves to the wing.
The good thing about the deal, like many people have mentioned, is that it’s not a big risk. If he doesn’t pan out, it was only a one year deal for $1.5 million.
Anyway, I hope this guy works out.